EPL: Chelsea tie vs Sunderland on Sunday could be John Terry's swansong
After scoring in Chelsea's 4-3 win over Watford, Terry says weekend's Sunderland fixture could be his last
Chelsea skipper John Terry (left) celebrates his goal against Watford with teammate Willian in an EPL match in London on Monday. Pic/AFP
John Terry has said he could retire when his Chelsea career comes to an end this summer. Terry made his 716th Chelsea appearance and likely his penultimate one at Stamford Bridge, scoring his 67th goal as the Premier League champions beat Watford 4-3 on Monday night.
The 36-year-old defender will leave Chelsea this summer after 22 years and will also be expected to play on Sunday against Sunderland when he will lift a fifth championship title and 15th major honour.
More glory awaits Terry
A 16th will be sought in the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when Antonio Conte will bid to end his first season as head coach with the double.
Former England captain Terry is likely to receive numerous offers to play on, but he is contemplating quitting altogether when he leaves the club where he has spent his entire career.
"I've still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football," Terry said. "I never wanted to be that player that was kind of hanging about, stopping the younger players from coming through. It depends, if the right offer comes along I will sit down and consider it with my family - whether that's here, abroad, or wherever that may be. Genuinely I haven't made any decisions of yet and I'm evaluating all my options at the moment."
Play on, says Conte
However, manager Antonio Conte thinks Terry should not retire and instead stick by his decision to continue playing elsewhere, which was his motivation for departing Chelsea.
Asked if Terry should retire, Conte said: "No. Absolutely (not). Otherwise he stays here. John wants to continue to play. I wish for him and his family the best. Chelsea will be always his home. When you arrive at this moment and your heart, your head and your body tell you continue to play, because you want to play, it's right," he added.
Blues to parade EPL trophy after FA Cup final
Premier League champions Chelsea will parade the trophy on May 28 - when they will also hope to be in possession of the FA Cup. Chelsea beat West Brom last Friday to reclaim the Premier League title they last won in 2014-15.
The Blues will be presented with the trophy after Sunday's final home game of the season against relegated Sunderland. Attention will then turn to the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when a Chelsea win would secure the double in Antonio Conte's first season as head coach.